Like we said, we are specialists to find quality used engines. We’ve a huge selection of engine suppliers in our networks and we’ve an excellent system for quality control and accountability. In the time it takes a mechanic to call up two or three of his buddies, we are able to get you rates on multiple engines from a large number of suppliers and manufacturers. Once we get you an excellent engine at a great price, we are able to ship it straight to your mechanic’s garage by freight. It’s a win-win situation-you get a better price on a better engine and the mechanic doesn’t need to waste his period playing telephone tag with junkyards. But of course, you can call us directly and save even more money.
Either way, you’re likely to pay an enormous sum on a whole new car or throw away money upon the markup on a used engine that originates from who knows where.
Alternately, your mechanic may offer to locate a used engine to set up your car. Again, you will see a large markup on the price of this part-and you might or might not have any state in where he gets the engine from and actually less knowledge about the quality of the engine and the trustworthiness of the car recycler or junkyard that sourced the engine. Many Driveline Motor mechanics have relationships with one or two auto yards where they obtain parts and the perform little comparison shopping on your behalf, which is usually understandable-they’d rather be in the garage than on the telephone all day.
The next option that your mechanic might recommend can be an in-house engine. If indeed they offer a good price and are a devoted engine shop, this might be a good choice. But in our experience, we’ve found that only a handful of shops that do engines really have what it takes to do a quality job.
In most cases, they’ll source it to some other repair shop. And when that happens, you’ll be billed a significant markup, not to mention the hassle of having to go through two parties to get status updates and estimates on your own repair.